Posted 16 September 2005 - 05:39 PM
I have a AMD Athlon 800MHz computer with a VIA VT686A motherboard, 30 GB HD, WinME, and I can't get it to boot. It runs POST fine, but then it freezes, with a black screen and a flashing underscore at the top left corner. I have no access to any drive (I can't even load a boot disk), and it doesn't beep once like it should after POST. About one month ago, I had to format and partition my hard drive due to a worm I couldn't get rid of, and reinstalled WinME, with no problems afterward. The computer worked fine until a week ago when it would not boot at all. I took out everything except for the vid card and one memory module, and restarted it four times before it booted up fine. After that I installed the cards one by one, restarting after each install, and the computer booted fine everytime after. So I thought it just needed a kick in the butt, until yesterday when the problem occurred again, and I'm doing what I did before, with no results at all except just one time when it started to boot WinME then froze. I restarted again, and back to square one. I pulled the CMOS clear jumper, that didn't work. I'm at a loss. Right now I'd rather just get a new motherboard, but I'd rather fix the problem. Does anyone have an idea what's going on with it?